News  |    |  April 30, 2019

What would it take to help cities innovate responsibly with AI?

News article by Eddie Copeland.
Published by Nesta.


On 25 April I joined representatives from several European cities at a workshop in Helsinki to discuss the thorny issue of artificial intelligence ethics, hosted by the city’s Chief Digital Officer, Mikko Rusama.

In keeping with much recent debate on this topic, our discussion focused on how cities (and particularly their public sector organisations) can strike the right balance between embracing the many benefits that AI has to offer while ensuring that the risks and potential downsides of this strand of technology are addressed.

Atte Jääskeläinen, Professor of Practice at Lappeenranta University, presented on the topic, “Is ethics of AI somewhat different than regular ethics?”, highlighting the complexity of aligning new technologies with communities’ changing and sometimes contradictory values. Jen Hawes-Hewitt, Global Cities and Infrastructure Industry Lead at Accenture, then shared her thoughts on the theme: “We are all biased,” laying out some ideas and strategies for addressing concerns around AI bias. . .